Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexualand reproductive health care provider and advocate.For 94 years, millions of women and men haveturned to Planned Parenthood for vital sexual healthcare services, sex education, and sexualityinformation. Today, the work of PlannedParenthood is carried forward by more than 30,000staff members and volunteers. In 2008 (the latestyear for which we have figures), PlannedParenthood provided more than five million peopleworldwide with the means to make responsiblechoices about their sexual and reproductive health.(Planned Parenthood Federation of America[PPFA
] is a founding member of InternationalPlanned Parenthood Federation, whose affiliatesserve tens of millions more.)
Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services
The core of Planned Parenthood affiliate medicalservice is contraception and accompanying healthcare, education, and information. In 2008, weprovided nearly 11 million medical services for threemillion people, and helped to prevent approximately595,000 unintended pregnancies. Seventy-twopercent of our clients have incomes at or below 150percent of the federal poverty level. As of March2010, our more than 840 clinics are operated by 88affiliates, which have a presence in all 50 states andthe District of Columbia (PPFA, 2010a; PPFA,2010b; PPFA, internal documents).
In 2008, more than 2,000 affiliate staff and volunteereducators provided educational programs to morethan 1.2 million people of all ages and in a variety ofsettings — from preschools to universities, fromprisons and social service programs to religiousinstitutions and civic organizations. Programsfocused on more than 28 different content areas,such as AIDS/HIV and contraception/family planning— including abstinence, family life education,parent-child communication, puberty education,safer sex, sexual orientation/homophobia, sexualityeducation, sexually transmitted infections, teenagepregnancy, and women’s health (PPFA, 2010a).
In addition to the education programs, numeroustraining programs were provided by approximately100 affiliate staff and volunteers to nearly 50,000professionals who work with children, teens, andyoung adults. Those trained included teachers,addiction counselors, group home staff, nurses,physicians, prison staff, rehabilitation counselors,religious leaders, and social workers (PPFA, 2010a).
Providing information to help people makeresponsible choices has been our mission since1916. In 2009, PPFA websites receivedapproximately 18 million visits. PPFA also producedand distributed nearly one million consumer healthpamphlets. The Katharine Dexter McCormickLibrary responded to more than 10,000 researchand information requests from researchers, sexualhealth professionals, and the general public (PPFA,internal documents).
Through Planned Parenthood Online (PPOL), thePlanned Parenthood Action Network advocates fornew policies at the federal and state levels that willadvance comprehensive reproductive health careand responsible decision making. In all, more thanfour million activists, supporters, and donors are keptabreast of the latest policies and proposals affectingfamily planning and have an easy way to contactmembers of Congress via e-mail, fax, or postal mail(PPFA, 2010b).
Planned Parenthood works around the world toincrease access to sexual and reproductive healthinformation and services. We provide health careand education through local partners and advocatefor sound U.S. foreign policies that affect sexual andreproductive health and rights globally. Ourinnovative international programs build partnershipswithin and across regions to share ideas, expertise,and experiences in linking health services andeducation with advocacy.